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13 AUG 2013

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Q&A: JULIA HOLTER
One of CMU's 2012 Artists Of The Year, Julia Holter returns next week with her first new album since signing to Domino Records last year. Entitled 'Loud City Song', the record is her first to be recorded in a proper studio, and with a group of live musicians - she having previously worked out of her bedroom. Ahead of the release of 'Loud City Song', CMU's Andy Malt caught up with Holter to find out more about the creation of the new album. more>>
 
APPROVED: MARIAM THE BELIEVER
Mariam Wallentin, one half of Wildbirds & Peacedrums, releases her debut solo album, 'Blood Donation', on 7 Oct. Ahead of that, the centrepiece of the album, a track called 'Invisible Giving', recently appeared on YouTube. The dark, foreboding sound of the track stretches out for just under eight minutes, its repeating rhythms giving it a trance-like feel as Wallentin's strong vocal breaks through more>>

TOP STORIES
- Sony pulls Sony Awards sponsorship after 32 years
REUNIONS & SPLITS
- Hype Williams' Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland 'no longer affiliated'
IN THE STUDIO
- The Wanted ditch Bieber and Ora from album
RELEASE NEWS
- Lady Gaga declares pop emergency, releases single
- Katy Perry unveils new single
- Lorde to release LP
- Fat White Family share new single
GIGS & TOURS NEWS
- Green Day to play 'intimate' LDN date
- Mogwai add Royal Albert Hall show
- Islet list new live dates
THE MUSIC BUSINESS
- Universal plans new expansion for metal label after appointing former Roadrunner man as GM
- Estelle launches label venture with BMG
- Spotify and FAC to speak at BPI AGM
- HMV appoints new customer loyalty chief
AND FINALLY...
- Pete Doherty shop really a thing
THE ORCHARD - SENIOR CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER
Reporting to the Senior Director, International Client & Video Network Services, The Orchard has an immediate opening for a Senior Client Relations Manager based out of our European headquarters in London. The position will act as a relationship, content & campaign manager for key music clients across Europe.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
DITTO MUSIC - ONLINE MARKETING OFFICER
Liverpool-based digital distribution company Ditto Music is looking for an Online Marketing Specialist with experience in planning, executing and optimising digital marketing campaigns, including paid search, display advertising, blogging, SEO and especially email marketing, to increase brand awareness and drive revenue. Salary £25-50k depending on experience.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
PLEDGEMUSIC - GLOBAL HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PR
PledgeMusic is looking to hire a full-time Global Head of Communications and PR. The Global Head of Communications and PR will be responsible for controlling all communication originating from PledgeMusic. This is inclusive of, but not limited to, all press releases (whether generated by Pledge or third parties), presentations, onesheets and other marketing materials. The position will be based in either London or New York.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
   
!K7 RECORDS - INTERN
!K7 Records are looking for a bright and diligent intern to support the Artist Management, A&R and Marketing departments of the label. We offer a six month placement, integral training within the company and given responsibility working alongside our artists to support their various activities.

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ESSENTIAL MUSIC & MARKETING - DIGITAL SALES EXECUTIVE
Essential Music and Marketing is seeking a confident, high calibre individual to lead its digital retail representation. The position will manage partnerships with digital music services (eg iTunes), working closely with label managers and reporting to the Sales Director. This is an ideal position for someone with experience of dealing with key online accounts, looking to forward their career and skills in a dynamic and fast growing music distribution company.

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CYPHER PR - SOCIAL MEDIA MUSIC INTERN
Passionate about social media & dream about working in the music business? Well here's your chance to take that first important step with a leading music PR firm Cypher - the agency responsible for looking after artists, music brands such as including Food Music, Pacha, Big Chill, and New State album and artist releases.

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SECRETLY LABEL GROUP - UK PRESS JUNIOR (PRINT & ONLINE)
The Secretly Label Group is looking to hire a junior press officer to manage online, print press and general public relations for select artists on the roster of the in-house labels Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian.

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CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE - DEPUTY ART EDITOR
TeamRock are looking for a Deputy Art Editor for Classic Rock magazine. You will be an experienced commercial designer whose current role will include cover design, page concepts and layout, and ideally some experience of digital publishing. You will excel in making old stuff look really vital and exciting and feel comfortable commissioning and directing photographers, even if you secretly think they are a bunch of prima donnas and perverts.

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[PIAS] RECORDINGS - PRODUCT MANAGER
London based independent record company seeks Product Manager to join our existing marketing team. Candidates will report to a Head of Marketing and be responsible for the day to day running of artist campaigns. Hard working, enthusiastic and a genuine passion for music a must. Previous experience as a Product Manager at a record label required.

For more information including a full job description and how to apply click here.
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SONY PULLS SONY AWARDS SPONSORSHIP AFTER 32 YEARS
Well, this is awkward. Sony has withdrawn its sponsorship of the Sony Awards after 32 years. So this is probably a good time to remind you that the UK radio industry's big annual bash is actually called the Sony Radio Academy Awards. You never won a "Sony" my friend, that there is an "Academy", OK?

The Radio Academy has announced that its annual awards ceremony will go by the name of The Radio Academy Awards for the time being, but promises to announce a new sponsor in the near future. So that's fun.

Current Chairman of the Radio Academy, Ben Cooper said: "The Radio Academy would like to thank Sony for their magnificent 32 year support of what has become the UK's gold standard radio awards. The Radio Academy Awards will continue to celebrate the very best of the UK radio industry, but the media landscape has changed radically from when the awards first launched in the 1980s offering the Academy great potential for some exciting new partnerships and ideas".

Sony UK & Ireland's Chris Bowen added: "Sony has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with the Radio Academy Awards for over 30 years, achieving huge recognition and respect within the British radio industry during that period. The awards ceremony itself has become an outstanding event showcasing the best radio talent on the air. It is now time for Sony to move on and focus on other areas of the business. We wish The Radio Academy every success and we are delighted to have played our part in making these awards the most credible radio awards, not only in the UK, but worldwide".

So that's all very positively spun. The Sony Radio Academy Awards launched in 1983 and has grown to become one of radio's most prestigious awards ceremonies - even if commercial radio types can often be heard to gripe "well, if we had their budgets" when yet another BBC bod picks up a prize. BBC Radio 4 has been particularly successful over the awards' history, picking up almost 200 since 1983, over a hundred more than its nearest competitor, BBC Radio 1.

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HYPE WILLIAMS' DEAN BLUNT AND INGA COPELAND 'NO LONGER AFFILIATED'
In typically sideways style, the manager of CMU approvees Hype Williams, Denna Frances Glass, has claimed that the band's one-time main players - Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland - are "no longer affiliated".

That could mean Hype Williams itself is ending. Though, given Glass's since-deleted message on the outfit's Soundcloud profile (which is confusingly named Cplnd), which was published by Dummy and asks fans to "pls look elsewhere for Inga Copeland material", chances are Copeland has taken off, leaving Blunt and other collaborators to carry on.

Which seems likely, as Glass's declaration also adds that Hype Williams are releasing a thing (EP/LP/single, they haven't said what) titled 'A Bullet In Yr Eye Throwing Money To The Sky' "soon".

So, that's informative.

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THE WANTED DITCH BIEBER AND ORA FROM ALBUM
The Wanted have 'decided' not to include collaborations with Justin Bieber and Rita Ora on their new album 'Word Of Mouth' because they don't fit with the sonic palette that the band are currently working with.

Speaking to Digital Spy, The Wanted's Siva Kaneswaran said: "We wrote with Justin and Rita, but for all of us, we've always said that if a song was right to release, we'd release it. They're great songs, but in regards to our sound right now and the album, they weren't right. We still have them and we can still use them and put them out at the right time".

It's alright though, you can still listen to their new single, 'We Own The Night', which doesn't feature anyone of note.

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LADY GAGA DECLARES POP EMERGENCY, RELEASES SINGLE
Hey, you remember that countdown to the release of her new single Lady Gaga was doing? Yeah? Well forget about it, because the single arrive yesterday, a week early. This was all down to a "POP EMERGENCY", or so Gaga tweeted yesterday afternoon.

The single leaked at the weekend, and despite some Twitter ranting on Gaga's part and the best efforts of some of her fans to contain the leak, it propagated widely around the internet. Hence the enactment of POP EMERGENCY PROCEDURE #17, the early single release.

The track was 'premiered' on US radio shortly after the announcement. You can listen to it via iHeartRadio's low quality online player here (but only if you have headphones).

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KATY PERRY UNVEILS NEW SINGLE
Before Lady Gaga could shove her new single out onto the internet, Katy Perry got their first with the lyric video for 'Roar'. Although she at least had planned to unveil her song yesterday, despite a leak over the weekend. No countdowns were rendered redundant in her case.

Anyway, 'Roar' is out on 8 Sep and is the first single from Perry's new album 'Prism', which is out on 22 Oct. You can watch the emoticon-heavy video/WhatsApp advert here (that's not your alarm going off, by the way).

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LORDE TO RELEASE LP
Approved New Zealand teen Lorde has blessed her first LP with a name, 'Pure Heroine', which is nice if you like making witty plays on Class As.

Questionable title aside, the disc will be released via Virgin on 28 Oct, this preceded the week earlier by a single, 'Royals'. Catch Lorde live, even earlier still, at London's Madame Jojos on 17 Sep.

Look at the 'Royals' promo, and a tracklisting, now:

Tennis Court
400 Lux
Royals
Ribs
Buzzcut Season
Team
Glory And Gore
Still Sane
White Teeth Teens
A World Alone

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FAT WHITE FAMILY SHARE NEW SINGLE
Self-styled vile Brixton filthpots ("horrible little scrotes", says The Quietus) Fat White Family have picked 'Auto Neutron' as the third single to be lifted off their very first LP, 'Champagne Holocaust', released earlier this year.

Watch the 'Auto Neutron' vid, which isn't quite as gross as the offal-y horrid one for FWF's 'Cream Of The Young', as the world awaits the track's 16 Sep buy-date.

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GREEN DAY TO PLAY 'INTIMATE' LDN DATE
Green Day are making what's billed as an 'intimate' pre-Reading/Leeds appearance at the capital's relatively non-intimate Brixton Academy on 21 Aug.

Featuring all the band's greatest hits, the set will serve to advertise '¡Cuatro!', their new film charting the creation of '¡Uno!', '¡Dos!' and '¡Tré!' the LP triad they began releasing, third by third, last year.

'¡Cuatro!', by the way, will itself be released as a CD/DVD pairing with '¡Tré!' on 26 Aug. This is its trailer.

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MOGWAI ADD ROYAL ALBERT HALL SHOW
Doomy post-rock Scots Mogwai are to play a score of European shows, most notably one at London's Royal Albert Hall on 24 Jan, at the top of 2014. The band, who are now making a new LP in the wake of CMU approved TV OST, 'Les Revenants', will also broadcast live at The Junction in Cambridge on 28 Nov, and at ATP's End Of An Era Part II on 1 Dec.

In the meantime this is 'Hungry Face', the intro to that 'Les Revenants' score.

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ISLET LIST NEW LIVE DATES
Experimental indie types Islet have given over all their October spare time to a tour. Augmented by appearances at Bristol's Simple Things (12 Oct) and Octernal festival (19 Oct) in Leeds, its ten dates signal the band's new LP, 'Released By The Movement', which is released 7 Oct.

Displaying his excitement, Islet's Alex Williams says: "Live music means falling in love with your friends in weirdly lit spaces and occasionally falling over. Raise the high roof beams!"

Meanwhile, try falling in love with Islet's new track 'Tripping Through The Blue Room (Part II)', and relevant live listings:

5 Oct: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Back
13 Oct: Sheffield, Audacious Art Experiment
14 Oct: Manchester, Ruby Lounge
15 Oct: Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy
16 Oct: London, Birthdays
17 Oct: Brighton, The Hope
18 Oct: Oxford, Modern Art
25 Oct: Liverpool, Shipping Forecast
26 Oct: Sunderland, Independent
27 Oct: Cambridge, Portland Arms

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UNIVERSAL PLANS NEW EXPANSION FOR METAL LABEL AFTER APPOINTING FORMER ROADRUNNER MAN AS GM
Universal Music yesterday announced the appointment of Jonas Nachsin to the role of General Manger Worldwide for Spinefarm Records, the originally Finnish metal label that has been part of the mega-major since 2002.

Nachsin, who was previously President of notable rock label Roadrunner, will be tasked with expanding the Spinefarm imprint in both the US and Europe. Existing Spinefarm execs in both the UK and America will now report to Nachsin, who in turn will report into the major's President Of Global Marketing Andrew Kronfeld.

Back in Finland, the Spinefarm team there will continue to report into Universal Music Finland MD Jarkko Nordlund, though Nachsin will liaise with Nordlund on the imprint's roster.

Confirming the new appointment, Kronfeld told CMU: "Hard rock and metal is such a dynamic area of music, with so many passionate bands and even more passionate fans, and we have very ambitious plans for Spinefarm Records. Nobody knows this part of the business as well as Jonas and so we are delighted that he has joined our team so we can grow Spinefarm and make it the most vibrant and trusted label in heavy rock music".

Meanwhile Nachsin himself added: "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build Spinefarm Records into a world class destination for rock and metal artists. There is an energetic and dedicated group of people at the label already, and we'll be expanding our staff as we reach out to the artist community to begin new partnerships, as well as working hard on the roster we now have. I'm looking forward to working with Andrew Kronfeld, an executive whom I greatly admire, and [Universal's] new Caroline [distribution] set-up to drive this company forward".

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ESTELLE LAUNCHES LABEL VENTURE WITH BMG
Estelle has announced a new alliance with BMG that will see the R&B singer launch her own indie label, to be called New London Records. The new venture will release parts two and three of the singer's current three-volume EP project, 'Love & Happiness'.

Confirming the new partnership, Estelle told reporters: "This is a new and exciting move for me. BMG has been an awesome partner throughout my career, and with New London we plan to continue bridging the gap between soul, pop, London and New York - uniting them through music".

Meanwhile BMG's Richard Blackstone added: "Estelle has been a valued member of the BMG family as a writer for some time now. She is a deeply passionate artist gifted with a tremendous voice and has music running through her veins. We are thrilled that Estelle has expanded our relationship and entered into a new partnership with BMG Label Services to release her upcoming album".

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SPOTIFY AND FAC TO SPEAK AT BPI AGM
Reps from both Spotify and the Featured Artists Coalition will speak at the upcoming Annual General Meeting of record label trade body the BPI next month. Perhaps the two guests could respectively bring Daniel Ek and Thom Yorke along with them, and they could have an arm wrestling competition in one of the pods of the London Eye, and settle this artists v Spotify thing once and for all.

Spotify man Kevin Brown will be discussing how the streaming service he represents is also a powerful marketing platform for labels, while former Longpig, prolific songwriter and FAC co-CEO Crispin Hunt will discuss the influence of indie labels in the digital age.

In amongst that lot, BPI reps will talk about how brilliantly British music is doing at the moment, despite the government's woeful efforts to instigate three-strikes. With Spotify safely in attendance, we reckon Google will be the most bashed digital company of the day. Let's see, shall we?

This all happens on 4 Sep at the BPI's County Hall HQ in London town. Kicks off at two, the Ek v Yorke arm wrestle is at 3pm, with the burning of a Google effigy set for 4.45pm.

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HMV APPOINTS NEW CUSTOMER LOYALTY CHIEF
HMV has announced the appointment of Dan Truscott, formerly of Barclaycard and GE Money, to lead the relaunch of the flagging retailer's loyalty scheme Pure.

Confirming the hire, HMV chairman Paul McGowan said: "We are very pleased to have recruited somebody of Dan's calibre to develop and grow the customer loyalty programme. This appointment demonstrates our commitment to re-enter and grow the Pure customer loyalty service and to properly engage with our customer base".

He added: "The new Pure scheme will bring unique rewards to its members and we will continue to seek other relevant partners to join the programme".

Now all HMV needs is some loyal customers.

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PETE DOHERTY SHOP REALLY A THING
Oh dear. Pete Doherty has gone and done what he said he'd do earlier this year, and started selling 'rare' personal memorabilia at a stall in Camden's Stables Market. Amongst the things on sale are cigarette butts supposedly once smoked by Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse (£100), wrapping paper (£200), vintage tin cans (also £200) and 'messages in a bottle' containing Pete's secret scribblings (priceless).

If you want, you can take a virtual look at the shop, which is called 'Doherty & Martin: The Rag & Bone Collection', via this Noisey article charting a bizarre real-life visit in which Pete sings 'Big Spender' and falls asleep on a typewriter. That, or look at its 'official' site. Oh dear.

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